Most know that I am a fan of Team Penske. If you’ve been a reader of this site for very long, you also know that I’m a longtime fan of Helio Castroneves. You can count Helio as one of two to three that I consider as my favorite current drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Since Tony Kanaan is also in this group, some might wonder if I single them out since they are both Brazilian. No, it’s strictly coincidental – but I have also pulled heavily for Vitor Meira and Raul Boesel over the years. I also count Josef Newgarden in that group. It doesn’t hurt that he’s from Nashville, but there are other reasons why I like Newgarden, as well.
Over the years, I’ve taken my fair of shots at Graham Rahal – some deserved, some maybe not. As I wrote a few weeks ago; I heard something in his voice when he was interviewed on Trackside that told me that we may be looking at a new and improved Graham Rahal. He seemed more mature, more focused and most importantly – more likeable. I attributed it to age and the fact that he is now engaged. Whatever the case, I found myself hoping that the second generation driver would have a much improved season this year.
After watching the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg yesterday, which was won by Team Penske driver Juan Montoya; I talked to a couple of friends about the race, scanned social media, thought about what I had watched – and still wasn’t sure what I thought about what had just transpired. Let’s just say it was a mixed bag for me.
Our long nightmarish offseason is officially over today. It has been 209 days since an IndyCar turned a wheel in competition. Regardless of the reason, that’s too long. But I’m hoping that’s the last bit of complaining I do about it. As of today, it’s all behind us. Let’s hope it’s never near that long again.
One of the more intriguing signings for the opening race at St. Petersburg this weekend, is that of Simona de Silvestro at Andretti Autosport. This is one of those things where it is currently a one-race deal, but potential for more. How much more? That depends strictly on money and sponsorship; but then everything in racing depends on that.
With the start of the 2015 IndyCar Series Season now upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to dust off One Take Only – the video blog of Oilpressure.com. For the lucky ones that aren’t familiar with this segment, my longtime friend John McLallen and I sit for about fifteen minutes and talk IndyCar racing. Our approach is to be unscripted and unrehearsed. And the video is unedited. Whatever we get, we get – hence the name One Take Only.
Back in the days before the internet, it was tough for a hard-core IndyCar fan to get a glimpse of any of the new cars before the opening race. Before Racer magazine came out, about the only offseason news came from Ned Wicker’s IndyCar Racing magazine, which was published in Milwaukee and had sort of a home-spun feel to it.